Hitchhiking with Larry David
An Accidental Tourist's Summer of Self-Discovery in Martha's Vineyard
By Paul Samuel Dolman
(Gotham, Hardcover, 9781592408269, 272pp.)
Publication Date: May 30, 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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A memoir about a broken-hearted, middle-aged man who stumbles upon solace, meaning, and Larry David while hitchhiking his way around Martha’s Vineyard
One summer day on Martha’s Vineyard Paul Samuel Dolman was hitchhiking, and none other than Larry David pulled over and asked, “You’re not a serial killer or something, are you?” The comedic writer and actor from Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm not only gave Dolman a ride, but helped him find his way during his summer of soul-searching and hitchhiking.
Dolman found himself on Martha’s Vineyard that summer having made the catastrophic mistake of visiting “The Parental Asylum” in the wake of a painful breakup. His mother is welcoming, albeit senile and neurotically rigid. But his dad “only has the social energy to be nice to humans for about 10 minutes a day.” Desperately seeking companionship, Dolman begins hitchhiking around the island and meets a wide array of characters: the super-rich and the homeless, movie stars and common folk, and, of course, Mr. David. Astonishingly, it is Dolman’s growing friendship with the famous comedian that becomes the lodestar of his spiritual quest. (Yes, Larry David gets deep!)
Written with disarming honest humor and perfectly capturing Larry David’s unique comic genius, Hitchhiking with Larry David will leave readers simultaneously laughing and crying as they ponder the mystery and spirituality of life.
Paul Samuel Dolman is the author of one other previously self-published book and has had many adventures in Martha’s Vineyard. He believes, “You never know when magic will happen.” Dolman summers on Martha’s Vineyard (with his parents) and spends the rest of the year in San Diego, California.
"If I'd only known, I would've been wittier."
—Larry David, creator of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm
“Like Larry David’s TV shows, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, this curious memoir is witty, boasts an assortment of offbeat characters, and offers just a hint of surrealism. . . . A quirky and frequently thought-provoking memoir.”
“Endearing and funny.”
—Martha’s Vineyard Magazine
“Light, witty, brave and breezy, the perfect little book to stick in your beach bag this summer.”
“Light, summery memoir of a journey toward healing from a relationship gone slightly sour.”
“Paul’s wit, intelligence, and beautiful view of the world are all contained in this terrific read, and I believe it will inspire many to think about the potential everyone’s thumb has to take them places beyond the complacent.”
—The Huffington Post
“I should have picked him up…truly hysterical!” —David McCullough, two-time Pulitzer winner and Martha’s Vineyard resident